Around four times a week I go to the gym, just like every other person my age or any age really, except my gym might be a bit different from yours. A year or so ago I started doing Crossfit, yes I know I drank the kool-aid and guess what? I absolutely love it. If it were up to me, I’d only drink kool-aid. Crossfit, you may or may not know, functions at an extremely high intensity level at ALL times. Everyday you go, you give 190% of everything you have, and more. You can only imagine how difficult it is to maintain this type of lifestyle, since it can be so taxing on your body, so many athletes adopt clean diets and take supplements. Personally, I struggle not to eat ice cream everyday, let alone try to prepare containers of chicken breast, broccoli, and rice; so you can imagine that supplements were really never for me.
A few weeks ago, a fellow athlete asked me what I supplement with. Obviously my immediate answer was nothing, “I’m a natural athlete” (HA), but that led me to think what I do have in my life that strengthens my performance. I then thought, “I can do all this through Him who gives me Strength” (Phillippians 4:13), and that “God” is my supplement (cringe). This was an important revelation to me that my relationship with God is a source of life, not a supplement. Often we feel that delving into the word for a few minutes a day will “supplement” our life with enough of His grace and blessings, thinking we checked off our Christian duties. Developing a stronger relationship with Jesus is so much more than that.
The other day I was reading Forgotten God by Francis Chan, one of my favorite authors, which gave me an eye opening perspective on the Holy Spirit in our lives. In his book, Chan talks about why we want God in our lives and he references the epistle of James where he says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (James 4:3). We often find ourselves praying to God for our own benefit, when we really should be focusing on why God put us on the earth in the first place. The Holy Spirit should not be sought out as a supplement to serve the needs of the flesh, when we think need it or when we are in “dire” need to see God’s movement in our lives. Resting our faith in God, endlessly trusting in His plan for our life knowing that He knows what is best for us, and seeking Him as a source of life; will be far more satisfying than any temporary dose we desire now.
Results are a product of hard work and dedication, which can be very difficult paths to take. Yes at times we all need a reminder why we chose a certain way of life as the light can seem dim at times, but it’s important to remember why it is your seeking what you are. Continuously chasing after God can often seem like a harder path than some quick fixes we could chose now. However, changing our diets and “eating clean” will pay out far greater eternally, and if you’re lucky you might even see a change in the gym.